2021 is a year that promised so much for our women’s program at East Coast, and so far, the Premier Division side is delivering in spades.
After ticking off Southern Power in Round One, we faced the biggest test of the early season, coming up against rival side Manly at Kanbridge Oval for Round Two. Manly are the reigning Premiers, so naturally, they are the team to beat. East Coast needed to step up to the plate, and boy did we ever, because we have just made a massive statement. Our EAGALS just always seem to find that extra punch against the big sides in the big games, and this instance was no different.
Coach Ash Moeller was impressed with his sides Round 1 victory, but placed an extra emphasis on marking, competing for the footy and clean hands during the week at training. The hard work was evident from the first bounce, as we were switched on straight away.
We commanded the early momentum, and built scoreboard pressure in the first term, leading by 10 points at the quarter-time break. Manly brought plenty of energy, but far more often than not, we had the perfect counter for our opposition. In the words of Coach Moeller, the first half was “a taxing affair”, but we were prepared to put our bodies on the line and were rewarded with a 31 point lead at half-time. It could have been more had we kicked straighter as well.
The wind was well and truly out of Manly’s sails in the second half, as we never looked out of the game. We piled on the pressure and gained a gutsy, but fantastic win. 41 points was the margin, in a famous win for the club.
The backline was super impressive all day, executing their skills and driving the ball out of defence, showcasing our hard to play against brand. Chloe Arndt had a ripping game, rotating through the middle and off half-back, being an absolute ball magnet with a cracking footy IQ at her disposal. Ruck Em Hurley had another solid performance, backing up her Round 1 effort. Caiti Rogers was excellent on the wing, whilst Georgina Fowler kicked 3 goals in a typical game for the goal sneak. Maddie Anderson and Anna Barton were also immense on their Prems debut.
The vibes are positive and the confidence is up. Bring on Round 3.
East Coast Eagles
Best Players:C. Arndt, S. Ford, G. Fowler, B. Parker, C. Rogers, A. Dallaway
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|2||East Coast Eagles||2||2||0||0||109||54||201.85||8|
|3||UNSW Eastern Suburbs Bulldogs||2||2||0||0||69||50||138.00||8|
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|6||Manly Warringah Wolves||2||1||1||0||66||84||78.57||4|
|7||UTS Australian Football Club||2||1||1||0||74||104||71.15||4|
|9||Pennant Hills Demons||2||0||2||0||51||97||52.58||0|